Coconut Oil for Beautiful Hair and Skin
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 13, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Did you know that Coconut Oil makes a great hair and skin moisturizer? It can really help with dry scalp and dandruff, especially at this time of year!
For a healing (and heavenly!) evening ritual, run yourself a relaxing bath and, while soaking in it, massage your scalp with 1-2 Tablespoons of warmed coconut oil (it will melt readily in the palm of your hand, or just from the warmth of the steamy tub). You can wrap your head with a warm, wet towel to really help the Coconut Oil penetrate your scalp while you soak, and if you can leave it on overnight, even better! (Just be sure to put a towel or cloth down on your pillow, as the oil can leave a stain.) For additional fragrant enjoyment, add 1-2 drops of Lavender essential oil to the warmed oil before applying.
For soft & glowing skin, add 1-2 Tbsp of Coconut Oil to your bath water, or apply over your whole body after bathing for deep moisturizing.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan